January 24, 1988 - November 10, 2020
Andrew Thomas “Boomhauer” “Andy” Adams
January 24, 1988 – November 10, 2020
Andrew Thomas “Boomhauer” “Andy” Adams of Portland, Oregon.
Andrew was a loving husband, father and best friend. On Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 at 10:09 PM passed away suddenly at the age of 32 at Emanuel Hospital in the NTICU. Andrew was surrounded by his wife Alisha and his Father Mark. Andrew, Alisha and their children resided in Portland, Oregon with Alisha’s Parents Tammy and Anthony DePaolo, and her brother Derek Neff.
Andrew was born on January 24th, 1988 in Murray, Utah. He was adopted by Mark and Janice Adams. Raised in a loving and strong LDS household. Andrew grew up to be very strong willed. Even at an incredibly young age, Andrew loved to stay up late and hated to wake up early. As many a time Mark and Janice would find him asleep on the couch in front of the TV. Andrew also had one sister Rebecca Adams who is two years younger than him, and they fought all the time. Rebecca had always stated that she looked up to Andrew as a role model for the best life as he lived life to the fullest. Andrew loved to climb trees. According to his father, Mark, Andrew had climbed a tree and then had fallen out of it one year on Mother’s Day when he was about 7 or 8. Andrew started in boy scouts and worked his way to Eagle Scout when he graduated from Columbia River High School in 2006. Andrew loved camping, playing video games, fishing, shooting, playing pool, creating a Dungeons and Dragons game out of nothing, and loved watching American Football. His favorite team was the Pittsburgh Steelers, currently the Steelers are the only undefeated team in the NFL.
Andrew had a best friend Cody Gray for over 20 years as they met in the 7th grade when Andrews dad had to transfer from Utah to Washington for his career. According to his father and friend, Both Andrew and Cody were very much inseparable. Andrew graduated from Columbia River High School with honors in 2006. He did not want to pursue a further education as he was planning on going into the United States Army. He ended up choosing not to go and got into manufacturing and machining. Andrew worked for many companies, but his latest endeavor was making lightsabers at SaberForge in Oregon City where he was promoted to Lead Machinist. Andrew had an honest heart for his work. He tried to make sure everything was perfect and helped train new employees to make sure that everyone was on the same page and if someone needed help, he was always there to help. Andrew had a caring and compassionate nature that he made sure everyone knew and was very willing to be able to help people out in times of need. Andrew loved to keep busy by doing projects here and there.
Andrew and Alisha met online in early May of 2012. After three weeks of non-stop texting back and forth they went on their first date in late May of 2012. Andrew met Alisha at Red Robin which was not the plan as they had originally planned to go to Multnomah Falls for their first date. On their date Alisha was very talkative while Andrew was very shy and composed. It came out later that Andrew thought Alisha was “out of his league”. Andrew then went to Utah to visit his parents and family, where they spent a good time texting back and forth the entire week that he was gone. As soon as Andrew got back into town, Andrew asked Alisha to hang out and they were inseparable from then on. Andrew and Alisha officially were together on June 10, 2012 when Andrew told Alisha that he loved her after only knowing her for a short amount of time and that he felt connected to her like he had never been. Alisha became scared and told him that he couldn’t love her because she was broken. Andrew told her to let him be the judge of that. In late July of 2012, Andrew proposed to Alisha and they had set the date for August 3rd, 2013. Unfortunately, life had other plans. Andrews mom Janice had a brain tumor that was taking her life. Andrew received a phone call at work stating in Mid-October that his mom maybe had a week to live. Alisha and Andrew packed everything up, threw all of the small wedding plans that they had out of the window. Planned their wedding in 2 short hours and were married in the care facility his mom was staying in so she could be there to see her son get married. Andrew and Alisha were married on October 30th, 2012. They celebrated 8 years of Marriage. Andrew fathered two children his son Cole Adams age 7 and his daughter Harpper Adams age 3. Both the days his children were born, he gleamed with pride and compassion.
Andrew had a contagious smile and tried to make everyone laugh with his unique sense of humor. Andrew loved the outdoors. Fishing, camping, shooting guns, and was working hard to get better with his compound bow so he could go hunting. Andrew loved music and loved to sing and had an amazing singing voice. Andrew loved to play video games and loved racing games. Another game that he loved was Diablo III on Playstation that his wife and him played until the game was beat on every level. Andrew dreamed of having his dream car. A Viper ACR even though he knew it was a death trap, but he loved the look of it as well as the sound of the engine.
Andrew is survived by his wife Alisha Adams, son Cole Adams, daughter Harpper Adams, Mother and Father in Law Tammy and Anthony DePaolo, Brother in law Derek Neff, Father Mark Adams, Sister Rebecca Adams, nieces Hazle and Janice Brown, and Best Friend Cody Gray.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on December 5th, 2020 at 4 PM at the Family of Grace Church at 12414 SE Burnside St. Portland Oregon 97233.
To the Galaxies and above… with the stars in our eyes may you always be in our hearts… until we meet again…